Focuses on the study of beliefs and practices related to the dead as represented in popular culture. This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to representations of the vampire/revenant and other denizens of the undead in Icelandic sagas, Russian epic song, folktales, folklore, literature, and film from the medieval period through contemporary popular culture. Through close analysis of these various sources, this course will focus on the metaphoric usefulness of the �restless undead� in explaining its relentless appearance in cultural artifacts, and pursue the question of why the vampire will not �die,� but instead continues to appeal to modern and post-modern imaginations. Taught in English. Same as RUSS 2241.